Vice President and General Manager, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Community Relations, Fincantieri Marine Group
Jan Allman was named the Vice President (VP) and General Manager (GM) for Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in July 2023. In this new role, she is responsible for setting business goals and overseeing the three core areas of work at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding: Repair, New Construction, and Defense. Despite taking on this interim position, Jan will continue to maintain her role as the SVP for Public Affairs and Community Relations for Fincantieri Marine Group, a position she assumed in July 2021. Her expertise and experience as the CEO of Fincantieri Marinette Marine will be invaluable in guiding the strategic direction of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.
As the SVP for Public Affairs and Community Relations of Fincantieri Marine Group, Jan works closely with local leaders and organizations on various projects aimed at promoting the prosperity and growth of the communities in which the company operates. During her time in this role, Jan has actively participated in several notable initiatives and held various positions. She served on the State of Wisconsin's Legislative Subcommittee on Increasing Offender Employment and was appointed to the Board of Directors (BoD) of the Green Bay Packers in 2020. Jan also served as the Marinette and Menominee Chamber President from 2021 to 2022, was on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance (NEWMA) and received the M&M CoC Ron Wipfli Person of the Year Award in 2022. Jan is currently acting as a Commissioner for Wisconsin Waterways, as well as serving on several other boards and subcommittees.
Before assuming her SVP role with Fincantieri Marine Group, Jan served as the CEO of Fincantieri Marinette Marine for seven years. During her tenure, she effectively managed the company's partnership with Lockheed Martin, leading to the production of Littoral Combat Ships for the Navy. She also played a pivotal role in securing the Constellation Class frigate contract for Fincantieri Marinette Marine. Additionally, under Jan's leadership, construction of similar vessels (MMSC) for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was initiated through the U.S. foreign military sales effort.
Notable achievements Fincantieri Marinette Marine has attained during Ms. Allmans tenure include ISO 14001:2015 Environmental and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, 2017 Defense Security Service James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award, Earned Value Management System (EVMS) validation and numerous Shipbuilders Council of America’s (SCA) and Wisconsin Safety Council (WSC) 2013-2019 Safety Awards.
Prior to joining Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Jan served as the Vice President of Global Manufacturing at Navistar Corporation. In this capacity, she and her manufacturing team were instrumental in transforming Navistar's manufacturing landscape. They implemented standardized systems and processes across North American vehicle and engineer manufacturing plants, resulting in improved product quality and increased customer satisfaction.
Jan's career began at the Lima Engine Plant in Ohio, where she joined Ford Motor Company at the age of 19. Over her 26-year tenure at Ford, she held various vehicle and powertrain manufacturing roles with increasing responsibilities. She worked in engineering and production in both the U.S. and Europe, culminating in her appointment as the Chicago Assembly plant manager. As the plant manager, she oversaw the overall operation, safety of the workforce, a substantial annual budget, and significant annual revenue. Jan successfully implemented a lean manufacturing model, launched multiple vehicles, and achieved best-in-class quality while facing rapid changes and complexity.
Jan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute in Flint, Michigan. She has been actively involved in numerous industry councils and advisory groups, including the Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council and the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). In 2018, she was appointed as Co-Chair to Governor-Elect Tony Evers' Transition Team. Currently, Jan serves on the Board of Directors for the Green Bay Packers, where she contributes her expertise. She also holds the position of President of the Board of Directors for the Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she was appointed as a Wisconsin Waterway Commissioner in 2020 and serves on the Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Site Selection Committee, and recently appointed as a Public Member of the Legislative Council Study Committee on Increasing Offender Employment in 2022.
Mark Vandroff assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wis. in July of 2021.
Previously he was the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Fincantieri Marine Group in Washington D.C.
Immediately prior to joining FMG, Mark served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council staff at The White House. In this role, he served as the President’s senior White House advisor on a broad array of matters including defense capabilities, irregular and non-traditional warfare, strategic weapons, international security cooperation, military personnel, emerging defense technology, and space security. Prior to his time at the NSC, Mark worked at Zenetex, LLC as Vice President of Maritime Programs.
Before his civilian career, Mark served in the U.S. Navy, retiring from active duty with the rank of Captain. His command-level tours included service as the Major Program Manager for ARLEIGH BURKE Class destroyers and Commanding Officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock, Maryland.
He holds a B.S. in Physics from the United States Naval Academy and an M.S. in Applied Physics from The Johns Hopkins University. He has been a frequent contributor to publications such as Proceedings of the Naval Institute, The Strategy Bridge, and the Center for International Maritime Security. He was the recipient of the 2018 Gold Medal for Engineering Excellence by the American Society of Naval Engineers.
Dario Deste assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri Marine Group, Washington D.C. in August of 2018. Dario was promoted in May 2022 to General Manager of Fincantieri Naval Vessels Division, however he remains the President of FMG.
He was previously the chairman of Fincantieri Australia, a role in which he managed the shipbuilder’s participation in the competitive evaluation process to deliver nine Future Frigates to the Royal Australian Navy.
Furthermore, he is a board member of various Fincantieri companies.
Dario joined Fincantieri in 2007, and was later appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri Marine Systems North America, which is a sustainment company dedicated to research, design and production of marine systems and components in the U.S.
In 1991, he began his executive career in the private industry where he held senior roles in Italy and abroad with major industrial groups such as Fiat Defense, Beretta, BAE System and Leonardo.
Prior to his career in the private sector, Dario served as an Italian naval pilot onboard various ships and naval bases. He also deployed abroad for an extensive period of time to participate in several NATO operations.
In 1983, he was selected to participate in the United States Naval Aviation Program. He became a Naval Aviator - both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft - in 1985.
Dario was born in Rome. After receiving his high school diploma, he attended the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno (1979-1983) where he received his degree in Maritime and Naval Science. He later received a degree in Political Science from the University of Trieste.
In his free time, Dario enjoys playing tennis, sailing and skiing.
Dario is married with a daughter and two sons.
Marco Galbiati arrived in Washington D.C. in 2018, and served as the General Manager of Fincantieri Marine Group until he was appointed CEO July 6, 2022.
He has served on various Fincantieri company boards of directors, including FMSNA, Fincantieri USA, and Fincantieri Holdings.
Marco started his business career in 1996 with Sapio Group, an Italian market leader in the industrial and medical gases sector, where he served as the group fincancial controller.
Eleven years later Marco joined Fincantieri where he served as a leader at various financial departments within Fincantieri, ultimately rising to be the head of financial planning and controls for the two most prominent business units: naval vessels and cruise ships.
Following these key leadership roles, Marco was appointed as the General Manager for Fincantieri Marine Group in the United States.
Marco earned a degree in Economics from the University of Pavia. He also served a year in the Italian Carabinieri military police
In his free time, he enjoys music and tennis.
Vice Admiral Hunt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology. He was commissioned in February 1976 through the Officer Candidate School program in Newport, R.I. He attended Naval Post Graduate School, receiving a Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management in March 1988.
Hunt served in USS Sampson (DDG 10), USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Roark (FF 1053). As Commanding Officer of USS Crommelin (FFG 37) from August 1993 to May 1995, he deployed as part of the Kitty Hawk Battle Group in support of Korean Contingency Operations. Following his command tour, he served as assistant chief of staff of Operations and Plans for Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, deploying twice as part of the George Washington Battle Group. He served as Commanding Officer, USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and air warfare commander for the Enterprise Battle Group from December 1999 to July 2001. In July 2005, he assumed command of Carrier Strike Group Six/John F Kennedy Strike Group. Additionally, he served as Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, United States Central Command from April 2006 to February 2007; Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet from June 2009 to April 2011; and Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet from June 2011 to July 2012.
Shore assignments include: assistant professor Naval/Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit, The Ohio State University; communications systems officer for Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems Directorate (J6), Joint Staff; executive assistant to Director, Surface Warfare (N86); executive assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements, and Assessments (N8), and Executive Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He additionally served as Deputy Director, Strategy & Policy (J5), Joint Staff and Director, Programming Division (N80), Navy Staff. He became Director, Navy Staff in August 2012 and retired from the Navy in November 2013.
Personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards.
Hunt joined Raytheon Company in the position of Vice President, Business Development, Navy/Marine Corps Programs in January 2014 and assumed the role of Vice President for U.S. Business Development in June 2015. He transitioned to Chief Strategy Officer at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in April 2018 and became President, Fincantieri Marinette Marine in July 2019.